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February’s big freeze may have left some bulls in Oklahoma sterile, officials say


Cattle farmers and producers still face issues from February’s intense freeze and weather conditions.KOCO 5 learned that all producers need to get their bulls checked after finding out some were left sterile after the cold snap.“The cows are out in the weather. They can’t just go in the house and sit next to the fireplace,” Chuck Swisher, with Swisher Beef Co., said. A handful of cattle producers and farmers spoke with KOCO 5 in February, back when their green pastures were affected by the winter weather.“Only time is going to tell, and we’re praying,” Swisher said.Those prayers might have been answered, but cattle experts are finding some farmers are still dealing with issues from the winter.“Fertility issues in bulls getting tested,” veterinarian Rosslyn Biggs said.The bulls just got so cold with frostbite that their reproductive systems aren’t working, according to Biggs.“The investment in these bulls is substantial,” she said.Biggs told KOCO 5 that all producers need to get their bulls checked before it’s too late and they can’t multiply the herd.“Producers have a lot of money, time and commitment to these,” Biggs said.Officials said consumers won’t see too much of a difference at the grocery store, but this could put some small cattle farmers out of business.“We want all of Oklahoma to thrive, especially those in rural Oklahoma,” Biggs said.

Cattle farmers and producers still face issues from February’s intense freeze and weather conditions.

KOCO 5 learned that all producers need to get their bulls checked after finding out some were left sterile after the cold snap.

“The cows are out in the weather. They can’t just go in the house and sit next to the fireplace,” Chuck Swisher, with Swisher Beef Co., said.

A handful of cattle producers and farmers spoke with KOCO 5 in February, back when their green pastures were affected by the winter weather.

“Only time is going to tell, and we’re praying,” Swisher said.

Those prayers might have been answered, but cattle experts are finding some farmers are still dealing with issues from the winter.

“Fertility issues in bulls getting tested,” veterinarian Rosslyn Biggs said.

The bulls just got so cold with frostbite that their reproductive systems aren’t working, according to Biggs.

“The investment in these bulls is substantial,” she said.

Biggs told KOCO 5 that all producers need to get their bulls checked before it’s too late and they can’t multiply the herd.

“Producers have a lot of money, time and commitment to these,” Biggs said.

Officials said consumers won’t see too much of a difference at the grocery store, but this could put some small cattle farmers out of business.

“We want all of Oklahoma to thrive, especially those in rural Oklahoma,” Biggs said.

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